An infectious diseases specialist is warning we face a thousand new cases of Covid-19 a day in the weeks ahead.

Infection rates continue to climb, with 527 new cases recorded yesterday, and five further deaths.

191 infections are in Dublin, with 54 in Cork, 44 in Donegal, 32 in Wexford and 27 in Kilkenny - the rest are spread across 20 other counties.

There are 11 new cases in Galway, 5 in Sligo, with less than 5 in Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim.

The Republic's 14 day incidence rate has risen to 102.4.

There are 220 people with the virus in hospital this morning - that's up from 206 yesterday.

Government is expected to confirm on Tuesday whether new restrictions will be brought in to curb the rise.

Professor Gerry Killeen, Head of Applied Pathogen Ecology at UCC, says 1,000 cases as day in January isn't an exaggeration


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